Tomori Stone Lions

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN

Tomori Stone Lion l Okinawa Hai!

About eight months ago a friend mentioned that her family visited some WWII sites. “What?!” I am a war history buff and was under the impression that the only thing on the island for WWII was at the Peace Memorial Park. I asked her to provide a pin for the locations and she told me to Google it. Grr. Not what I wanted to hear.

Six months pass and life happened, but I still had it buzzing in the back of my mind. So I was on a mission to discover the locations of the Battle of Okinawa. It wasn’t easy. I studied my friend’s photos on Facebook and rummaged through websites.

Tomori Stone Lions l Okinawa Hai!

I had an idea of where these Tomori Stone Lions were so we set out to find them. 

Tomori Stone Lions l Okinawa Hai!

The Tomori Stone Lions are a pair of Shisa lions on a top of a hill that were amidst the fighting during the Battle of Okinawa.

Tomori Stone Lions l Okinawa Hai!

Tomori Stone Lions l Okinawa Hai!They survived the fighting with minimal damage. It was quite amazing find this. I would definitely recommend wearing closed toed shoes and possibly pants. While the area is well cared for, the grass by the lions is not trimmed. There are banana spiders in the trees and off the trail. As long as you stick to the path, viewing area and watch where you are walking, you will be fine. There are picnic tables that offer an amazing view for a sack lunch.

Directions: Head south towards Naha on the 58 until the 329. Follow the 329 until you reach the 507, turn right. Follow this until you intersect the 507 again. Turn right to continue heading south on the 507. Continue for about 3 miles. You will see a white sign that says, “Tomori Stone Lion.” Follow the white signs. It will have you turn right onto the 52. On the right side of the road you will see a white two-story shop that has an alley way right before it. Take the alley way. If you pass a bus stop on your left that has a big red shisa next to it you have gone past the shop. The white signs will mark all of the turns. It will lead you up a hill through little roads and past a field. The road will change to brick. Park here on the side of the road. Follow the stairs to the top and you’ve made it.

GPS Coordinates: 26.133662, 127.724260

4 COMMENTS

  1. Okinawa Hai would serve its readers well by adding a section to the ‘TO DO’ area… A ‘battle sites’ tab. Instead of relying on the History Channel or the Military Channel, you can visit historical battle sites in person and learn a bit about why the US military has been here for so long. Just a suggestion…

  2. There are tons of battle sites on this island. We’ve been to Banner Rock, Toguchi Beach (Bishigawa River Landing–first landing beach), Sugar Loaf Hill, The Pinnacle, Awase War Memorial, Sugar Loaf Hill, Ie Island has Mt. Gusuku and a few other sites, Hacksaw Ridge, and Kakazu Ridge to name a few. My husband found them by researching it a little. However, we haven’t been to the one you mentioned, so that’ll be one we have to see. Thanks for the post. I wish people would go to more of these sites.

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